By Jon Gambrell
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Come fall, pre-business students at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be able to transfer up to 100 credit hours toward a degree from Wilmington College.
The agreement, forged this year by the two schools, will ease the way for a Cincinnati State student to earn a bachelor's degree in business-related fields.
"This is a pretty substantial arrangement," said Monica Posey, acting academic vice president for Cincinnati State.
"Our goal has been for years to try to facilitate (students seeking) bachelor degrees. This is a nice match."
Students at Cincinnati State, where tuition is $3,245 a year, would be able to avoid paying Wilmington's tuition rate of $16,128 a year.
While this benefits the 14,000 students attending Cincinnati State, Wilmington will increase its presence in Greater Cincinnati and possibly boost its enrollment of 1,200.
Wilmington President Dan DiBiasio said that the college was attracted to the idea because of its strength in Greater Cincinnati.
"This was important for us to remain successful," DiBiasio said. "The extension will serve more students in a more personal way, which is important in an era of distance education."
Roughly 30 percent of Cincinnati State students continue onto baccalaureate degrees.
Cincinnati State also has arrangements with the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University.
Wilmington also has two branch campuses - Eastgatel , 4360 Ferguson Drive, Union Township, (513-943-3600) and Tricounty, 1 Triangle Park Drive, Sharonville (513-772-7516).
At Cincinnati State, Wilmington will offer business classes taught by Wilmington professors.
Wilmington will also kick off the same program this fall at Chatfield College, a private two-year Catholic college in St. Martin, Ohio.
"We have two missions at Cincinnati State," Posey said
"To help students complete a technical program to move onto a career and to facilitate transfer programs."
Laura Norman, a pre-business graduate of Cincinnati State, said the school's articulation agreement with NKU saves her both time and money because it preserves the credits she has earned.
"I took a year's worth of classes Bradley University (in Peoria, Ill.) before I transferred to Cincinnati State," said Norman, 24. "It showed me that anytime you transfer where there is not already an agreement already, you will truly lose a lot of your credit hours and stay in school a lot longer."
When Norman graduated from Cincinnati State in 2000, she was able to finish a bachelor's degree in marketing at NKU, thanks in part to credits she successfully transferred.
"When I transferred to NKU, a lot of the classes lined up to easily transfer," she said.
"I didn't lose any time at all, it was an easy process."
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